Jubilee United Church

40 Underhill Drive | Toronto, Ontario, M3A 2J5 | 416.447.6846


VITALE, HELEN C.  February 28, 1921 – March 29, 2017 Passed peacefully at North York General Hospital with her daughter at her side at the age of 96 years. Helen was predeceased by her husband John Vitale in 1996. She is survived by her children Janice Vitale and Jill Greenwood (David) and her grandchildren Adam and Michael Greenwood. Helen was born in Toronto and raised her family in Don Mills. She was an avid curler, golfer and a killer Scrabble player right into her 90s. She was a longtime member of Jubilee (formerly Donminster) United Church and sang in the choir for many years. Visitation will be at Paul O’Connor Funeral Home at 1939 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto, on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr., Toronto, on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at noon. A reception will follow. Donations may be made to Jubilee United Church or to CNIB.

We are inviting past and present choir members to join our choir for that day to lead in the hymns (you might also choose to share in a simple anthem).  If you are interested in being part of the choir for Helen’s service you can be in touch with Choir Director, Daniel Rubinoff at rubinoffdaniel@gmail.com.

BARKER, GARY ARTHUR  1939 to 2017 Passed away on January 20, 2017 at the Toronto Western Hospital following a tragic accident. Gary was a retired educator with the Toronto Board of Education from the years 1959 to 1994. He taught at various schools as a Teacher, Vice Principal and Principal where his love of children and his contribution to their education was evident. Gary loved music and was a longtime member of The Toronto Choristers. He also had a lifelong passion for sports, participating on many teams. Gary was predeceased by his sister Linda and daughter Wendy and will be sadly missed by his children – Christopher, Heather and Evelyn and by his siblings June, George, Ruthann, Wayne and Glen and by his loving partner Mary. A special thank you to Dr. Victoria McCredie, Neurocritical Care, Moe Anderson, Spiritual Care and the dedicated nursing staff in the Neurosurgical ICU. A visitation will be held at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will also be a visitation from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto, Ontario, followed by the funeral service. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the UHN Toronto and Western Hospital Foundation.

SIMONS, Fred A.  January 19, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.  Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 24th at 1:30 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles). If desired, donations to Wellspring Westerkirk House at Sunnybrook would be appreciated.

COUSENS, Rev. John R. 
John was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, retired United Church Minister, member of Jubilee United Church and a beloved child of God.   After a life well lived, John passed away with his family by his side on Monday, December 26, 2016.  He leaves behind his beloved wife of 57 years, Joy (Miller); his daughters, Ruth (Thomas Kingissepp) and Janice (Douglas) Milne; grandchildren, MacGregor and Reaghan; and his brother, Donald.  A private family service will be held.  There will be no public funeral, but please keep Joy and all of John’s family and friends in your prayers.

GORDON, Joanne Edith.  Joanne passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 8, 2016, just a month shy of her 89th birthday. Predeceased by her husband William James Gordon, and survived by her children Anne (Colin) Williamson and Bob Gordon and her beloved grandchildren Craig and Karen Williamson and Josh West-Gordon, her brother John Richardson and her sister Phyllis Lamb.
Joanne completed her RN training at Wellesley Hospital in Toronto and graduated with her classmates in 1949. Following the death of her beloved husband Bill in 1966, she returned to hospital nursing to refresh her skills. She obtained her public health designation and worked with the Victoria Order of Nursing and Cassandra Public School before joining what was then called Ontario Hydro.
Joey was an active member of Donminster United Church (now Jubilee) and a member of the choir for many years. She enjoyed travelling, tennis, golf and bridge with her many friends and neighbours. Her monthly lunches with her former classmates were very special times.
After retiring from Ontario Hydro, she volunteered at Ronald MacDonald House and ushered at Roy Thompson Hall. She also loved music of all kinds, opera and was a longtime patron of the Royal Ontario Ballet.
Friends and family are invited to attend a service on Saturday, October 15th at 12:00 noon at Jubilee Church, 40 Underhill Dr., Toronto, ON. Interment will take place at Park Lawn Cemetery the following week with immediate family.
Donations to Ronald MacDonald House would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made to

NIXON, Doreen Ruth  August 10, 1946 – June 29, 2016  Predeceased by her loving parents Jean (nee Frost) and Robert Nixon and her sister Norma Jean, Doreen passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived and cherished by her sister Shirley Nixon Nielsen. Adoringly remembered by her cousins Kay, Jeannie, Janice, Cathy, Holly and Bev. She also leaves behind her aunt Kay Miller, many extended family members and beloved friends. A Celebration of Life will take place on July 20, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the MOUNT PLEASANT FUNERAL CENTRE (375 Mount Pleasant Rd. Toronto, ON., East gate entrance, North of St. Clair, 416-485-5572). Online condolences can be left at www.etouch.ca.

GAITSKELL, Brian Douglas.  Passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, at the age of 51. Cherished son of Gloria and the late Stanley Gaitskell. Loving brother of Deborah and her husband Wayne Johnston and William Gaitskell. Dear uncle of Nicole Johnston. Brian will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 6th from 7 p.m. until time Funeral Service at 8 p.m. at Jubilee United Church (40 Underhill Drive, Toronto). Private cremation. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Sunnybrook Foundation. Condolences may be made at www.rskane.ca

BRIGGS, Frederick James – At North York General Hospital on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Fred, beloved husband of Rosalie. Dear father of Christine, Robert and Kathryn. Loving grandfather of Emily, Elizabeth, Abigail, Andrea, Valerie, Nathan and Fiona. Great-grandfather of William, Ava and Henry. Brother of Vera Noble-Gresty. A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 3 – 6 p.m. at Jubilee United Church.

TATE, Grace Vivian  (nee Mummery) —
On Wednesday, January 6, 2016 after a long battle with poor health, Mom passed away peacefully at Providence Healthcare in her 94th year. Beloved wife to the late George Eric Tate and loving mother to John Lawrence, Lorraine, and Kathy. Cherished grandmother to Megan, Sharon, Wade and Patricia, and to a new great-granddaughter Chevy. Loving sister to the late Robert Lamont Mummery. Grace was born in Hamilton and moved to the High Park area of Toronto. She graduated as a registered nurse in September, 1945 from Toronto General Hospital. After working for a couple of years, she married Dad and moved to Grand Valley, later to Listowel, and then back to Toronto. She was a charter member of Donminster United Church, now Jubilee United in Don Mills. A special thanks to the staff at Providence Healthcare for their care and support. The family will receive friends at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME A.W. MILES – NEWBIGGIN CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) for a funeral service at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 31st. Reception to follow. If desired, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.